Halloween Pet Safety Tips 2023
Halloween for a child can be compared to The Super Bowl for a football fan. Do you remember Trick or Treating as a child? Endless supplies of candies, caramels, chocolate, licorice & taffy. Roleplaying as your favorite princess, superhero or villain. For our four-legged children Halloween can be stressful and even dangerous.
Here are 4 tips to keep your pets safe, sound and secure during Halloween:
1. Opening the door repeatedly for Trick or Treaters presents an opportunity for pets to escape. It's safer to keep your pets confined to a room and play some calming music.
A tasty safe way to keep your dogs calm and busy. Break up some delicious Dr Becker's Bites with bone or chicken broth and freeze in a Kong.
Always make sure your pets are microchipped, have current tags and/or a GPS collar. Breakaway collars are a safe way to keep a dog collar with attached identification on at home. Breakaway collars prevent potential choking hazards.
2. Keep chocolate & sugar free Gum or candy out of paws reach. Chocolate contains Theobromine which can cause vomiting and diarrhea, elevated heart rates and seizures in dogs. Chocolate covered raisins (and all raisins) are toxic. Sugar free gum and candy containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol may cause seizures.
3. Pets can knock over lit candles which can cause housefires. A safer option is battery operated candles or flashlights.
4. If you love to dress up your pets make sure they are comfortable and not stressed out. You do not want your pet's costume to have beads, snaps, buttons, ribbons or elastic because if swallowed they can cause an intestinal obstruction.
In the event of a pet poisoning it's important to have a 24-Hour Poison Control Hotline phone number handy.